Feb. 9—The Western Reserve Educational Service Center received state funding aimed at strengthening computer science courses for K-12 teachers.
ESCWR is one of six partner education service centers across the state to benefit from a total of $6 million awarded to 17 Ohio educational institutions (including Lake Erie College) to cover professional development costs through the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Teach CS Grants program. .
The program specifically enables qualified educators to teach computer science through additional certification, academic endorsement programs, and alternative resident educator licenses, and competitively awards grants to public higher education institutions eligible.
Statewide, up to 1,100 educators will receive training.
ESCWR received $200,000, officials said, to pay tuition and materials for enrolled teachers.
“The (Teach CS Grant) program comes from the Ohio Computer Science Promise Program, which states that beginning in the 2024/2025 school year, a student in grades seven through twelve can, at no cost, enroll and receive high school credit for one computer science course per school year that is not offered by the student’s current school, provided it is accepted into the class and funding allows.” said Vanessa Karwan, ESCWR Director of Special Services and Accountability.
“The medium to long term goal is also to establish a network of support and professional development for graduates with webinars to keep them up to date in their field.”
Karwan added that ESCWR is collaborating with Lake Erie and Kent State University to create a local consortium and local computer science professional learning community to help districts and schools enable teachers to become licensed.
Teachers in math, science, and technology fields are the focus of ESCWR’s Teach CS efforts and can earn additional computer science endorsement through a 21-credit hour program offered by Kent…